Stratford Academy is the oldest independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory school in Middle Georgia. It opened its doors in September 1960 in the historic Overlook Mansion (now the Woodruff House) on Coleman Hill in historic downtown Macon. Now located on a beautiful, 107-acre campus on Peake Road, the school provides a challenging and supportive learning environment. Among the school’s founding principles is intellectual independence — teaching young people how to think instead of what to think and where to look instead of what to see.

Our History

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Our Faculty

Faculty and Staff: 136
Student to faculty ratio is 12:1
76.5% of faculty members hold advanced degrees
75.7% faculty is female, 24.3% faculty is male
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Our Distinction

Our Programs

STEAM offerings from K-12 grades
  • STEAM courses K-8
  • Design courses 9-12
Foreign language begins in Preschool
  • Spanish, French, Latin
  • Spanish starts in Beginners (3K)
Fine Arts offerings from grades Beginners-12th grade
  • Weekly music and art classes starting with Beginners
  • Theatre performances K-12
22 AP courses offered.
35% of students are AP Scholars after 11th grade.

Our Mission

Walter Elliott Old Stratford

Our Students

770 students in grades 3K (Beginners) - Grade 12
  • Preschool - 115
  • Lower School - 202
  • Middle School - 178
  • Upper School - 275
Average class size is 15 students.
30% of families receive financial aid.

Students come from 12 Middle Georgia counties.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Memberships:
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Georgia Independent Athletic Association
  • Georgia Independent School Association
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • The College Board
  • Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools
Overview of Stratford campus

Stratford Today

Our Athletics

80% of Middle and Upper School students participate on a school sponsored team.
53 athletic teams
  • 1 Co-ed
  • 28 Girls
  • 24 Boys
Each season there is at least one no-cut sport.
There are 23 Varsity teams.
Stratford has won 197 state titles.


2023-2024 Stratford Academy
Board of Trustees

Mr. William Ward Baxley III ’91

Mr. David W. Bethune '91

Mr. Malcolm S. Burgess, Jr., Trustee Emeritus

Mr. Robert Sanders Burgess ’93, Treasurer

 Mr. James Malcolm Cole III

Mrs. Laura D. Evans, Secretary

Mr. Josiah E. “Jef” Flournoy ’93

Mr. Travis B. Griffith ’01

Mrs. Sally S. Hatcher ’94, Board Chair

Mrs. Elsa L. Hutchinson

Mrs. Christy Cantrell Johnston ’01

Mr. Wade A. Kovacs

Mr. Allen Shaw London, Advancement Committee Chair

Mr. J. Thomas McAfee III ’86, Board Chair-elect

Mrs. Kate Sams Peavy

Mr. Wesley Rauls

Mr. Jason I. Reaves ’88, Treasurer-elect

Mrs. Bowen Reichert Shoemaker

Mr. George Boone Smith IV '00

Mr. Winburn E. Stewart

Mr. Thomas Phillips Swift, Jr.

Mr. Stewart C. Vernon ’98, Past Board Chair